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Release date: 1996
Style: Melodic black metal


7.8 | 115 votes


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01. Vintervredets Sjelesagn
02. Tanker Mot Tind (Kvelding)
03. Svartskogs Gilde
04. Ved Steingard
05. Krigsstev
06. Dauden
07. Grimskalle Trell
08. Nord Naagauk
09. Fandens Allheim
10. Tanker Mot Tind (Gryning)


Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg - vocals
Øystein Garnes Brun - guitar
Roger "Infernus" Tiegs - bass
Ivar Bjørnson Peersen - keyboards
Erik "Grim" Brødreskift - drums

Additional info
Recorded in Grieghallen during the period from October '95 to January '96.
Mixed in May '96.
Engineered and co-produced by Eirik "Pytten" Hundvin.
Cover photo by Johan Brun.

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Borknagar's first album is called Borknagar and I don't really know how to start writing about this piece of music. First of all, I am not a black metal fan at all, but Borknagar, especially this album of theirs, is what appeals to me the most from amongst all other music of this particular genre. The group has gone through a very versatile career, but this is their starting point and is also their most black/viking metal album that they have ever produced.

published 10.06.2009 | Comments (5)

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BeastOfMetal456 - 22.08.2011 at 16:24  
  Average album. Has some good songs, and other bad songs. I think black metal's not my thing so..
7/10 Because I wasn't able to make out a lot of the guitar riffs.
Frost Beast - 17.10.2011 at 22:42  
  I used to hate this album... How could I? This is awesome, Vindervredets Sjelesagn is one of my favorite black metal songs. Crushing atmospheres, melodic guitar riffs, thunderous drums, acoustic passages and Garm's amazing harsh vocals. Could you ask for more?
musicalkaratekid - 21.03.2013 at 22:37  
Rating: 9 This album is the first I've heard of anything by Borknagar, and for that reason I think I'm pleased as well. I really like how the Black Metal and Folk Metal elements tie in together to make for a really unique, atmospheric sound. The vocals aren't anything special, but they fit well with the music anyway. 'Krigsstev', 'Nord Naagauk' and 'Fandens Allheim' are probably my personal highlights.
Bad English - 14.01.2015 at 16:28  
  Interesting album, as classic BM. Its classic, great artwork, best from all albums, but this band became famose because of changing sound turning to prog, but if they wont, they would be one of BM bands from Norway, even older sound us better, classic lives forever , in some way this is not best album, but same time it might be consider as classic
metalfan1999 - 15.08.2015 at 13:56  
Rating: 10 Amazing! This release is very atmospheric and raw at the same time and is kinda similar to early enslaved. I think it is underrated (7.8 really?). Vindervredets Sjelesagn is an amazing opening track. Tanker Mot Tind (Kvelding) is an amazing instrumental (I just love this track). Let's say this is their most "true" release. I like the fact that it is really raw, but also emotional and atmospheric.

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